NFL star arrested, doubles down on claim footage of him violently tossing ex-girlfriend around was ‘staged’

A former NFL running back was sentenced to jail time and probation in a Florida court more than a year and a half after getting caught on camera savagely beating his girlfriend in front of their infant son in what he called a “staged” dispute: “She set me up.”

Monday, 31-year-old ex-NFL player Zac Stacy was sentenced to six months in jail and a year of probation by an Orange County judge. The running back, who was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 2013 before finishing his third season with the New York Jets in 2015, had pled guilty earlier in February to two counts of criminal mischief.

However, he had originally been charged with three counts of domestic violence battery for the physical abuse he was alleged to have committed against his then-girlfriend and mother of his child, Kristin Evans, in 2021.

At the time, the football player who went on to do a stint with the XFL’s Memphis Express was reportedly recorded by a security camera in Evans’s home punching her in the head before picking her up off the couch, where their infant son looked on, and throwing her across the room where she smacked into a television set before he later hauled her off the ground while she could be heard pleading.

Later that year, bodycam footage of Stacy’s arrest was obtained where he could be heard telling police officers in Orlando, Florida that, “It’s unfortunate because I just got out of rehab for anxiety and depression like eight months ago. I dropped everything to come down here and support the mother of my child in her last trimester, and the baby. I let her know I wasn’t trying to be with her or nothing like that. This is a case of just bitterness. That’s why she did this. The whole assault thing. She staged it. She set me up.”

“I wasn’t allowed to see my child because when I’d come over to the house I’m disrespectful if I don’t acknowledge her, whatever that means,” he went on. “The whole thing was staged. All she’s trying to do is get money out of it. She got a reaction out of me. She knew I was down. She knew I was going through anxiety and depression. She knew I was trying to close the gap between me and my son. She’s just upset because she got caught and she’s upset I’m not taking care of her like she thought, and now she took it this far.”

For her part, Evans had chronicled the abuse dating back to May 2021 while she was still pregnant with Stacy’s child. She told WESH during an interview, “He has bullied me for so long that, at one point, I believed it was my fault. It’s disturbing and disgusting to see things people have said online about did I do. I did nothing. I never did anything to deserve something like this — no one could do anything to deserve something like this.”

“The physical abuse began in May. I didn’t report it. I was pregnant at the time. I wanted my son’s dad to be there for me and for the birth of his first child. So I forgave him,” she explained.

Tuesday, Evans posted a message to her over 40,000 Instagram followers noting her concern over Stacy’s mental health and contending that she was not an “advocate for jail because the lack of resources, the lack of rehabilitation, the lack of education for mental health, and the psychological effect it may have on [their] son, having already developed a relationship with his father.”

“Nothing is black and white and not every abuser is the same. People who are willing to put in work to be better, deserve an opportunity to show that they can be better. Especially with a diagnosable mental illness and significant head trauma caused by Football,” the post concluded.


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Because of a plea deal, the court had dropped Stacy’s battery charges prior to his Monday sentencing. There was no indication as to when his jail time would begin.


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